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Last week, I searched for a tool that would more visual and less dependent on text. The members of Bookmarked are writing reviews for SLJ Teen twice a month. I wanted to find a place online where I could save the links and then share with the students, parents and teachers. At first, I thought that Pinterest would work. It is so visual, and each review is accompanied by pictures. When I tried to upload the pages that I wanted to save to Pinterest, no images were found. This was a big disappointment because Pinterest is really beautiful, and I wanted the reviews to stand out. So I had to go back to the drawing board. I ventured to my Delicious to see what sites I had tagged "curation tools" to see what else might work for me. I had read about Sqworl, but I had never thought about using it. It is certainly not as beautiful as Pinterest, but you do get thumbnails of each saved website. After creating my account and adding a new group, it was a snap to upload the pages with the reviews. Now every two weeks, after I add the new reviews, I can share the link to my Sqworl group with the students. It acts as an archive, so anyone can go back in time and read every review that the students have written. Here is a link to the Sqworl. If you want to read only the latest reviews, then click on the box that says Book Reviews September 5 2012.
PS: The one thing that you cannot do is embed a Sqworl in your blog or website. Too bad, that feature would make it really awesome.